IEA Launches Newly Updated Disability Management Course

IEA’s CPDM1 Course Newly Updated IEA’s  has announced the launch of its newly updated CPDM1 Course. Written in the era of COVID, this curriculum addresses the challenges facing employers in the ever changing landscape of disability management. With contribution from prominent experts in employment law, disability management, human resources and disability management, this course offers the mission critical skills needed to address the complex world of absence and leave. State-of-the-art Learning Technology CPDM1 is newly designed to meet best practices in how adults learn most efficiently. The course leverages interactive on-demand modules combined with weekly live webinars led by subject matter experts. Participants have access to the latest relevant case studies as well as a discussion forum for real-time response to current topics in the field. About the CPDM Designation The Certified Professional in Disability Management (CPDM) is the nation’s foremost designation for professionals in absence and disability management. Only three courses! Participants move through the courses sequentially to earn the designation. Graduates of the program possess the mission critical skills needed to develop and implement an effective and cost-efficient plan that saves money, increases productivity and keeps pace with compliance. First Course – CPDM1 Starts Feb 25th The first course in the series, CPDM1 Essentials in Disability Management, starts February 25th. Live webinars take place weekly on Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm PST from February 25th to May 6th, 2021. Learn More and Enroll To learn more about the CPDM1 program, visit our webpage, email, or call us at (800) 655-4432 About IEA IEA is the leading provider of professional development and training opportunities in disability management, workers’ compensation, risk management and human resources.  Learn more about us at

Cal Osha Emergency Regulations Now in Effect

Office of Administrative Law Approves Emergency OSHA Regulations Cal/OSHA has issued lengthy new COVID-19 regulations imposing a plethora of new procedures and compliance mandates on California employers. The new regulations are complex, will take a lot of effort, and went into effect November 30th, 2020.In a December 1st Press Release from the Department of Industrial Relations, Cal/OSHA Chief Doug Parker was quoted as saying “These are strong but achievable standards to protect workers. 
They also clarify what employers have to do to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19 and stop outbreaks.” Mr. Parker acknowledges that California employers have had little time to prepare for these regulations saying, “We understand the need to educate and assist employers as they implement the new provisions of the emergency standards. For employers who need time to fully implement the regulations, enforcement investigators will take their good faith efforts to implement the emergency standards into consideration. However, aspects such as eliminating hazards and implementing testing requirements during an outbreak are essential.”   On-Demand Video to Bring You up-to-speed Get up to speed on the new regulations quickly and conveniently with IEA’s newly available on-demand presentation. Benefit from the expertise of Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, Employment Law Managing Partner Eric H. De Wames, Attorney of Counsel Lisa Aguiar, and Janey Nethery, Executive Director of Michael Sullivan and Associates.

IEA in the NEWS

IEA in the News A recent article written by Lonce Lamonte of outlines the circumstances leading to IEA’s change of status and new management earlier this year. Having led the market in high quality professional training and education in insurance and risk management for decades, IEA suffered several successive years of declining enrollment. The resulting financial stress meant a sharp downturn in staffing, and limited resources needed to respond nimbly to the training needs of a changing marketplace. When COVID-19 hit, an already shaky institution was dealt a final blow, and IEA ceased operations. As wrap-up of the entity took place, former CEO, Gina Magee, sought buyers for its assets. Michael Sullivan and Associates, 
a defense law firm and publisher of Sullivan on Comp, purchased IEA’s trademark and logo, as well as many of its legacy certificate and designation programs including: Workers Compensation Claims Administration Certificate, (WCCA), Workers’ Compensation Claims Professional, and the Claims Practitioner in Workers’ Compensation (CPWC). The Certified Professional in Disability Management, (CPDM), currently undergoing significant updates, is also part of the purchase agreement. Michael Sullivan, General Managing Partner of Michael Sullivan and Associates,  values the IEA brand as an independent entity:- “I want to make sure IEA’s brand maintains integrity.  It doesn’t exist just to service the well-being of the (law) firm. It’s its own entity and it’s there to serve the community.” Thousands of industry professionals have looked to IEA as the long-standing premier provider of professional designations in property casualty, workers’ compensation, risk management and disability management. Many graduates of IEA programs have welcomed the news that the 100 year old legacy of IEA is protected, and its mandate to serve the community endures for the benefit of future generations.   Read the full article published by here  

COVID Related Work Comp Claims Exceed 50,000

More than 50,000 Work Comp Claims Filed in 2020 According to the California Workers’ Compensation Claims Institute, CWCI,  the projected number of COVID-19  work comp claims claims through October 2020 is a staggering 57,833!  One in every 9 work-related injury claims filed is COVID related. Claims Trending Down for August-October Numbers show that the peak of COVID related claims were mid-year with July hitting a peak of 14, 453.  However, subsequent months showed a downward trajectory with reports for August, September, and October at 6710, 3779, and 2016 respectively. Although more claims could yet be reported, numbers are still below the early counts reported for June and July indicating that there has indeed been a protracted downward trend. The CWCI has projected COVID related claims filed through October 2020 to reach 57,833.  Distribution by industry indicates health care workers account for thelargest share of these claims followed by public safety/government workers. Keeping up with COVID IEA, in partnership with our friends at Sullivan On Comp, offers a topical COVID webinar series to help you stay up to date workers’ compensation related issuesand how they impact you.  For more information, visit our on-demand training page. References: “California Workers’ Compensation Coronavirus Claim Count Now Exceeds 50,000,” By Lonce Lamonte – November 19, 2020, COVID-19 Accounts for 1-in 9 California Workers’ Comp Claims,